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MSNBC
Jul 13, 2010 9:00pm EDT
. >> all six officers indicted today have now officially surrendered to federal authorities. the u.s. attorney in new orleans considers them all to be flight risks and is pushing to have them all detained i.e. jailed before their trial. this is huge news for new orleans. this is huge news for the nation still not yet come to terms with the aftermath of what really happened after hurricane pecial katrina. we will keep you posted as this story develops. hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! we're going on a field trip to china! wow. [ chuckles ] when i was a kid, we -- we would just go to the -- the farm. [ cow moos ] [ laughter ] no, seriously, where are you guys going? ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! [ female announcer ] the new classroom. see it. live it. share it. on the human network. cisco. >>> if there were an award for the hardest job in u.s. government richard holbrooke would be in the running just about every time. he right now is the country's special representative for afghanistan and pakistan. he is the
MSNBC
Jul 15, 2010 9:00am EDT
white house lawn, thanks very much. >>> new reports of just how much the u.s. paid that iranian scientist for secrets of iran's nuclear program. jim miklaszewski joins us from the pentagon. mick, the numbers are staggering. the cia paid $5 million and one report said offered him $50 million to not return to iran. do we know how true the report is? >> reporter: the claim from the iranian nuclear scientist himself and no basis to that fact but u.s. officials confirm that the cia paid this nuclear scientist $5 million after the scientist defected to the united states but he's now returning to teheran. good news here according to u.s. officials is this person cannot get the hands on that money. he returned to teheran overnight a hero's welcome and reunion with his wife and son who may have been in danger back there in iran but the money is in frozen accounts controlled by the u.s. government for the time being. one of the big questions here, chuck, is once sanctions if they're ever lifted on iran would he then have the ability to get at that $5 million? but there's an even bigger qu
MSNBC
Jul 26, 2010 4:00pm EDT
reported hasn't in many ways been publicly discussed either by you all or by representatives of the u.s. government for quite some time. >> whether you buy that or not t reports are raising new questions about the war effort. what does it mean for the administration's efforts in pakistan and afghanistan? matt, let me start with you, when do the republicans finally make it full circle and flip on afghanistan and pretend they were never for the war in the first place? >> that in a sense happened. ann coulter joins on with blankley, who is long opposed to aversion. there's a real argument. it could be the republicans are being opportunistic and playing politics, you could also argue president obama changed the war. initially there was a very small footprint. the goal was to stop terrorism. now we see nation building. i think it is starting to happen. >> we purposely didn't care. we didn't do anything. now that obama is trying, it's obviously his fault. >> i got to tell you that matt should make sure that he double checks where those documents -- what time period those documents cover. >> i
MSNBC
Jul 16, 2010 9:00pm EDT
. the enemy in afghanistan is broadly understood to the be the taliban. they were roaded by the u.s. and the northern alliance at the beginning of the war, only to return in force. from afar the taliban are simply the bad guys. but how they affect afghan society, how to fight them, and who should fight them are subjects worth looking at from close up. which is one thing we try to do on our recent trip into the war zone. we're here at check point 710, which is between kandahar city. and we're here with a third lieutenant part of the afghan civil order police, which is partnered with u.s. forces here to run this check point. lieutenant, thank you very much for your time. >> sure. >> why did you join? >> translator: i joined to serve my country. >> was the training very good? >> translator: it's been good training. the first time he came here. good training. >> are you from southern afghanistan or somewhere else in the country? >> do you think it's good to have police from kabul, from the rest of the country? rather than local police here? >> translator: yeah, he thinks that the police
MSNBC
Jul 26, 2010 1:00pm EDT
military were not only encouraging, but supporting the taliban in their attacks on afghan and u.s. military forces inside afghanistan. what is interesting, however, while washington is focused on that aspect of the documents, in a news conference with julian esange, the founder of wikileaks in london today, the discussion was all about war crimes. he said that was in part the driving force behind his publishing these leaked documents in trying to, what he said essentially, change or i suspect, end the course of the war there in afghanistan. >> is the pentagon pushing back hard on these allegations of war crimes? >> they are not, actually. they are going to take their time and say it could take days or weeks before they pore over all these documents to determine what is real, hypothetical and what is just plain false. they are not jumping into any conclusions here about the documents themselves. they, too, of course are condemning the release as national security advisor jim jones did. in fact, claiming that it puts american men and women on the ground. afghan forces, and something
MSNBC
Jul 7, 2010 11:00pm EDT
of attention in london but for the u.s. after taking a real pounding in one area in helmand province british troops announced they are leaving this area, an area where the brits have lost 100 of their finest soldiers there and marines since 2001. 1/3 of all british deaths have happened there. it has a great symbolic resonance for british troops. they are leaving there and american troops are taking over. the handover is beginning now. it is supposed to be complete by the fall. it is symbolic because a lot of people in the uk are saying the british troops are retreating. the british government is saying, no, this is a normal rotation. the u.s. is getting deeper involved in a difficult guerilla area and taking more responsibility for war zones. >> richard engel, nbc's chief war correspondent. i could try to summarize these things or we could go to you who understands these things. >> thank you. >>> joining us now is command sergeant major michael t. hall. he was recalled from retirement to serve in afghanistan. he is the senior noncommissioned officer in the united states mili
MSNBC
Jul 26, 2010 11:00pm EDT
since the vietnam war. more than 90,000 u.s. government documents obtained and posted by the website wikileaks over the weekend. the last time classified information of this volume regarding an ongoing war was published, it precipitated a full-on war between "the new york times" and the nixon white house. it was, of course, the leaking of the pentagon papers during the vietnam war by u.s. military analyst named daniel elsburg back in 1971. the pentagon papers was a touch stone that helped turn the public against vietnam war. the 90,000 plus documents posted by wikileaks are different than the pentagon papers in that they're a set of discrete and granular snapshots of the war over the last six years as opposed to a top-down study of the war initiated in washington. the wikileaks documents are raw intelligence, threat analysis as seen through the eyes of the soldier fighting the war. as opposed an analytical view of the war from policymakers. in that sense wikileaks is no pentagon papers, but there is a glaring parallel between the two that can't be ignored. these wikileaks documents h
MSNBC
Jul 20, 2010 11:00pm EDT
posted what it claims to be cold, hard evidence of racism, racism shown by an employee at the u.s. department of agriculture. the evidence was a video clip of shirley sherrod speaking at an naacp event this march. at that event she recounts this story. >> the first time i was faced with having a white farmer needing to save his farm, he took a long time talking but he was trying to show he was superior to me, i knew what he was doing. what he didn't know while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me was i was trying to decide how much help i was going to give him. i was dealing with the fact that so many black people have lost their farm land and here i was faced with a white person needing to save their land. so i didn't give him the full force of what i could do. >> damning evidence, right? a usda official, a government official admitting on tape to racial discrimination, to withholding government assistance to white farmers, specifically because they're white. stop the presses! within hours of that clip being posted online and billed as evidence of a
MSNBC
Jul 9, 2010 10:00am EDT
real-life james bond plot. the u.s. and russia involved in a 14-person spy swap, and it all happened in the blink of an eye. >>> and then the big announcement. >> this is very tough. i'm going to take my talents to the beach and join the miami heat. >> it didn't look like it was very tough. miami might be welcoming lebron james with open arms, but cleveland is disowning its onetime favorite son. there goes that lebron jersey. and wait till you hear the reaction from the owner of the cleveland cavaliers who called lebron narcissistic, self-promotional, selfish, cowardly and then really laid down the gauntlet. ♪ alejandro, alejandro >>> and new york city going ga ga over the lady herself. good friday morning. i'm chris jansing live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. and we begin with the riot out in oakland, california. angry mobs flooding the streets, smashing windows and looting stores. their anger sparked after a white transit cop was convicted on a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man last year. more than 80 people were arrested overnight, some caught
MSNBC
Jul 8, 2010 11:00am EDT
. >>> russian news agencies report that a russian convicted of spying for the u.s. has now arrived in veania. it could be a signal that american and russian officials are preparing for the largest spy swap since the cold war. the trade would involve the u.s. giving up ten people last week accused of being russian spies in the state. pete williams joins us now from washington. pete, a lot of people are making a big deal about how fast this is all going. >> well, that is a big deal because just yesterday they were all hustled up to new york, the ten defendants. some of them were in new york already and the three from virginia and two from massachusetts were quickly sent to new york. their court hearings cut short for a hearing this afternoon at 2:45. now, this technically is the type of hearing you'd have when an indictment was filed but that was filed very quickly in this case after the initial charges were brought. so, under the federal rules, this would be their first chance to plead in federal court and if they're going to be guilty pleas, as the signs increasingly point, then this would b
MSNBC
Jul 14, 2010 9:00pm EDT
must repeal the death tax. >> marco rubio idea number six. "fundamentally reform the u.s. tax code." he says, "the u.s. should have a tax system that is simpler," or as the spokesman says -- >> we simplify the tax code by reducing the number of tax rates from the current five rates to four. >> before carrying on -- beyond carrying on the bush economic and tax agenda that worked out so awesome, other marco rubio ideas, "track very closely with what house republicans have proposed this year." things like ending taxes on dividends and capital gains and reforming the alternative minimum tax. taxes is what republicans want to run on. the problem is, they also want to run on against the deficit. >> the american people are saying to us, you're spending too much, you're running up too many debts, and we expect you to do something about it. >> i see no shame in wanting to lower the debt off the backs of our kids. i think that's a good conversation to have with america right now. >> republicans want to be the anti-deficit and anti-debt party right now, but they also want to run on george bush's t
MSNBC
Jul 9, 2010 12:00pm EDT
of a mile wide and in the distance is one of the four bridges to across between the u.s. and mexico. that's the only one still closed for pedestrian foot traffic. two of the three bridges closed this morning, two have reopened including the world trade bridge, where half of all mexican commerce and trade passes between the countries. the river crested last night. the highest level in 45 years that you mentioned. third highest crest on record. the flood stage is 8 feet. as the water re-credes we get to say what it is leaving behind. a little bit of rain today but then back to texas weather. 95 to 100 and sunny skies. today is nice and refreshing, not bad on the ramp to the river which should be going into a shopping mall. >>> bp could change out the cap on the leaking well tomorrow. the obama administration says cold weather could speed up the plans to get a new cap on. it could contain more oil but means oil will flow unrestricted for a period of time while they make the switch. volunteers are moving 50,000 sea turtle eggs from the west coast of florida to the east coast. they want
MSNBC
Jul 8, 2010 12:00pm EDT
pleading guilty to that, they would agree to be sent back to russia and that would be the u.s. part of the spy swap, the russians would send then people here to the u.s. we don't know exactly how many would be sent to the u.s. in return. in cold war style spy swap. but it certainly does appear that, you no he, the plea negotiations are -- have moved ahead sufficiently that they can try to get this done this afternoon when the ten appear in federal court. >> all right. we'll be watching for that court hearing, as i said, later this afternoon. pete, thank you. >> you bet. >> my big question today, is russia a bigger threat than we realize. share your thoughts on twitter, facebook or e-mail if you have thoughts about how the spy swap is going or memories of cold war, go ahead, give me a shout. >>> part of a global plot targeting other countries. the attorney general called that plot one the most dangerous since 9/11. it was part of a larger conspiracy by al qaeda that included a plan to target mass transknit england and we're getting new details this hour about arrests in norway. first, t
MSNBC
Jul 9, 2010 11:00am EDT
russian sleeper agents have been sent back to russia. in exchange, the u.s. is receiving four men accused by moscow of spying for the west. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams is live for us in washington. pete, i've been watching you cover this thing minute by minute. i don't know how you can catch your breath. this has happened so quickly. >> reporter: well, and it's all over now. the plane carrying the ten russians from u.s. landed in vienna. they got off, landed, the four from russia landed in vienna earlier today. that plane has landed in the united kingdom where those four agents accused -- convicted of spying for the u.s. and western agencies in russia will be deep death briefed by british and american officials before some of them, probably not all of them, eventually come to the u.s. but that's a ways away. they'll stay a while in the uk for this rest period. so it's finally over, tamron. now some of the ten, at least one of them, at least, will not stay in russia. that is what their lawyers say. at least one of them, originally from peru, intends to go back to peru
MSNBC
Jul 24, 2010 11:00am EDT
to fill you in on north korea, ramping up threats to south korea as well as the u.s. in fact, north korean leaders are threatening a nuclear response to war games involving the u.s. and south korea. those military exercises, slated to take place tomorrow. now this is the latest threat also coming on the heels of the deadly sinking of a south korean warship. seoul and washington implicated north korea in the sinking of that vessel. joining us is military analyst jack jacobs. jack, why would north korea want to throw out these threats to the south and also to the u.s. if they're saying that they deny having anything to do with the sinking? >> sometime they do things and sometimes they don't do things. but they're very, very blij rent. i think the leadership basic willy is out of their minds, completely. this is the same country which in 1950 invaded south korea for -- with no provication. they sank the ship with no provication a couple weeks ago. a very, very difficult to gauge. and they have nuclear weapons. i think any threat that north korea throws out there out to be taken serious
MSNBC
Jul 2, 2010 11:00am EDT
virginia that looked just like that five years ago in virginia. >>> u.s. prosecutors warn evidence unveiled in the alleged russian spy ring case is just, quote, the tip of the iceberg. nine of ten suspects faced bail hearings yesterday. the judge denied bail for the suburban new jersey couple who went by the names richard and cynthia murphy. but the manhattan court approved bail for vickie palez who works for a newspaper. and we're getting new images of anna chapman, she's the young woman who grabbed all the headlines since this story broke this weekend. the mi-5 is investigating any contact she might have had with their agents. bob winter joins us with the latest. so what is this connection with the british? did she have a british passport. >> she had a british pass port, but there's also some indication we were hearing earlier this week that the actual initialive on this ring came from a defector to somebody in the uk, i have heard both through british intelligence and also through the u.s. embassy. so there is some sort of british connection, we're not concern what it is, but th
MSNBC
Jul 14, 2010 3:00pm EDT
bp today. a group of u.s. senators want to know if the oil giant made a despicable deal. that the lockerbie bomber was set free so bp could profit from drilling off the libyan coasts. the senators from new york and new jersey are demanding an investigation into bp's dealings with libya. this is the question. was there some sort of deal, quid pro quo? bp signed a $900 million exploration agreement with libya in the same month that britain and libya inked a memorandum of understanding that paved the way for the convicted bomber's release from a scottish prison. at the same time, bp said it told british officials to quickly seal the prisoner transfer agreement with libya, but did not mention him by name. >> if bp is found to have gained access to libyan oil reserves by using a mass murderer as a bargaining chip, then make no mistake, any money it makes off of that oil is blood money, pure and simple. >> this man's brother's tom was killed when the plane was blown out of the sky in 1988. what was your reaction? >> it's been 21 years. i thought i have seen all of it during the 21-year
MSNBC
Jul 12, 2010 2:00am EDT
itself. and it seemed like the priority here was u.s./russia relations. the question outstanding is what kind of threat does russia pose with its espionage against the united states? >> let's step back for a second and understand that i think this is a great credit to our law enforcement. we made arrests, law enforcement community made arrests. these individuals have been monitored for quite some time. they tried but they never got classified information and intelligence. and now they've left the country, which again is a big win for our law enforcement community. i set that aside. i think our relationship with russia is no doubt improving if you look at where it was just a few years ago. the economic discussions that were had recently and progress made in reducing nuclear weapons and hopefully we'll get a treaty through senate this summer that will further reduce nuclear weapons means our security is stronger and safer and our relationship is stronger. >> more broadly on foreign policy. i can remember back two years ago as you can july of 2008 the president giving a major foreign policy
MSNBC
Jul 31, 2010 8:00am EDT
plant and a gm plant and here is what he had to say. >> you now have all those u.s. auto companies showing a profit. they've rehired 55,000 workers. >> reporter: and, alex, of course the president this week, he has more fund-raising on the schedule coming up. he's going to be going to atlanta. he's going to be going to chicago. he'll be making speeches around that. the focus from here on out to november is going to be the economy. the president hammering home the fact that he's taken some unpopular steps that are bearing fruit. a lot of republicans are saying, look at the scoreboard, mr. president, 9.5% unemployment, slow gdp growth, where are the grounds and that is where this election battle will be fought. >> yeah. just a little glitch there but you handled that very well. just got a little -- >> reporter: interesting. >> no worries. got you covered. >>> president obama says he's concerned about the ethics charges facing congressman charlie rangel. rangel denies the 13 charges, which include tax and disclosur. perhaps september, right at the election season gears up. >>> firefig
MSNBC
Jul 8, 2010 10:00am EDT
explosives. officials believe this plot is a lot like plans in europe and the u.s., including last year's attack on the subway system. it's not clear if the suspects had selected their targets, but their were attempted to build those bombs. >>> coast guard crews searched all night and still out on the delaware river right now looking for two hungarian tourists missing in a tragic crash. take a look at some of these pictures from yesterday's frantic rescue after a duck boat collide would the barge and sank, forcing most of the 37 passengers to jump into the river. 11 people were rushed to hospitals and now the ntsb is taking over the investigation. nbc stephanie gosk is in philadelphia and what is the latest there? >> good morning, chris. the ntsb is taking over the investigation. the coast guard is the lead organization in the search and they tell us this morning in a press conference that this is still a search and rescue operation. they worked through the nights on boats looking for these two unaccounted for passengers and today they're controlling the banks of the river also trying to
MSNBC
Jul 3, 2010 7:00am EDT
4th weekend. across the u.s., preparations underway for huge celebrations and scorching temperatures. those details all ahead. >>> mountain mystery, a climber vanishes in thin air 14,000 feet up. he left some traces. is it enough for searchers to track? >>> inside the spy case, new documents show how long u.s. investigators were on the trail of the alleged russian spies. and the ex-husband of one suspect is talking. >>> under fire, calls for the head of gop to resign calling from inside his own party. what michael steele has said about afghanistan and why it has generated so much anger. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex whit, we have all that in just a moment for you. but first, we are beginning with strong new words this morning from president obama as the sputtering economic recovery struggles to find new jobs. the latest data on friday shows overall unemployment dropped to 9.5%. but private employers added only 83,000 jobs last month. the president used his weekly address to step up pressure on republicans who are blocking unemployment benefits over concerns about spending. >>
MSNBC
Jul 16, 2010 1:00pm EDT
west virginia. today i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. a new sign today that the u.s. economy could be in for another slowdown. consumer sentiment plummeted to it's nearest level for more than a year. co-host of the daily rundown and head of our political unit as well. you have so many titles i can't keep them straight. but you are the man because you sat down with the man, with president obama yesterday. let's talk about your exclusive interview and what he had to say about the economy. taking a look at first of all, his fears about the future -- the growth level and when we're going to begin to see jobs, let's watch. >> the economy is definitely growing. and we are definitely seeing additional hiring. >> should we fear a double dip? >> here's what we should fear. that if we don't keep track, keep on track with the policies that we put in place, if we started seeing for example a wrenching reverse tall in the investments, we could end up having problems, we could further slow growth. the main thing that keeps me up at night right now is that we lost 8 million jobs, the month
MSNBC
Jul 15, 2010 5:00pm EDT
ambassador to the u.s. said today, there's a system of justice in scotland that they respect. and there's nothing they can do about what they called a license for a compassionate release. >> thank you, michael mcauliff. appreciate your time. coming up, are unemployment benefits a disincentive to finding a job. that's the argument some republicans are making today. but is it true? that debate is straight ahead. ne who will be there for us in life. people who say, "we're with you, no matter what." at wachovia and wells fargo, we're with you, when a house turns into a home... ...when a passion becomes a career... ♪ ...when a relationship turns into a lifetime... and when all the hard work finally pays off. we're with you when you need someone to stand by you. wachovia, wells fargo, and you. together we'll go far. and wear hats. i was always the hat guy. i can't even tell you how much it's changed my life. [ male announcer ] only rogaine is proven to regrow hair in 85% of guys. no more hats. [ male announcer ] stop losing. start gaining. because new chips ahoy made with reese's pean
MSNBC
Jul 26, 2010 3:00pm EDT
against u.s. forces a short time ago, white house press secretary robert gibbs said that while the president is not happy with the leaks t white house is well aware of the challenging in afghanistan. >> nobody's here to declare mission accomplished. you have not heard that phrase uttered or admitted by us be as a way of saying that everything's going well. we got involved in h region of the world after september 11 and for years and years and years, this area was neglected, it was under resourced it was under funded. >> savannah guthrie is live at the white house. and savannah, gibbs seems to be taking this opportunity to blame the bush for what happened in the past, is the white house more upset about this as he would seem to be indicating? >> i think they're very upset about the leak, they're very angry at the website wikki leaks which has taken it upon themselves to publish these documents by a member of the u.s. military. so they're extremely concerned about the leak, on one hand they say it has damaged national security. on the other hand, the white house, the pentagon, allies
MSNBC
Jul 19, 2010 11:00am EDT
requires overcoming years of distrust between the u.s. and pakistan. today she came baerg economic aid desperately needed here. still public opinion towards the u.s. remains negative, even hostile. >> we know there is some questioning and suspicion about what the united states is doing today. i can only respond by saying that very clearly we have a commitment that is much broader and deeper than it has ever been. >> she acknowledged frustration. again saying that elements in pakistan's government nowhere osama bin laden is and could get him if they wanted to in an interview with nbc news. do you still believe that? >> i do. i think there is a bit of a debate going on within certain elements of the pakistan government. our argument is very simple. look, you have got take on every non-governmental armed force inside your country because even though you think they bother you today there is no guarantee. it's like keeping a poisonous snake in your backyard. >> clinton said the british government has now told her there is no evidence that bp influenced the decide to release the bomber. does
MSNBC
Jul 30, 2010 3:00pm EDT
war in afghanistan, nato announcing that six more u.s. troops have died there, bringing the death toll for july to at least 66, the deadliest month on record in this nine-year war. joining us to walk us through the gravity of this moment, colonel, let me start with you, we're nine years into this thing. we have an additional 30,000 troops that went into afghanistan last december and here we are our bloodiest month. americans have a question, what's going on over there. >> any time you're going to have an if you're going to have more casualties. the reason for the casualties is that we actually have troops on the ground that are locating and fighting the enemy. >> so is this a major strategic change than any other month in this war? >> this is just incrememental, when you're increasing the size of the force, but the large number of them are not combat troops and you have also said that you're going to start to withdraw them within a year, 18 months or a year. it means that you're not going to have a significant strategic impact at the end of the day, it's only tactical. >> so do yo
MSNBC
Jul 17, 2010 9:00am EDT
was sharing secrets with the u.s. he said he was brought to america against his will. they deny amiri's version of events and say he was a cooperative informant paid $5 million for information on iran's nuclear program. greg miller is national security reporter with the "washington post" and joins us now. this is such a cloak and dagger story. it could be a hollywood movie. the cia says they whis beinged him out. he said he was drugged and kidnapped. do we know what happened? >> this is high profile spat between the cia and one of the primary sources in iran. you have totally conflicting accounts from both sides and u.s. officials insist he was brought out for his own good after if became clear he may have been exposed inside iran and might be dangerous for him to stay there. >> did we get good information from him? >> everyone says there was good information from the source, he provided significant information about a number of nuclear facilities inside iran. as well as confirming information that they had gotten from other sources. nobody describes him as the key to the kingdo
MSNBC
Jul 31, 2010 7:00am EDT
she's willing to tweak parts of the law in response to the u.s. district judge who put a hold on some of the law's most controversial parts. since she issued the warning hundreds of e-mails and phone calls including threats have poured into the courthouse. meanwhile senator john mccain is speaking out in support of the law. >> a lot of this issue would not be as compelling as it is if the federal government had carried out its responsibilities. then it wouldn't require that kind of legislation. >> now to our legal panel. rebecca rose woodland and johna spillboard. good morning. >> good morning. >> had the federal government carried out its part in terms of enforcing the laws would this not have had to happen? >> that's a nice way to put that arizona overstepped their boundaries. it doesn't make the arizona state law more appropriate. the federal government has authority over immigration. the judge has ruled the arizona law usurps such authority. she's made it clear there are aspects of the law that are not appropriate for the state of arizona to enforce. >> okay. we're going to get th
MSNBC
Jul 29, 2010 2:00pm EDT
she is still considering. >>> nbc news has learned the body of the second u.s. sailor missing in afghanistan has now recovered. they have found the body of petty officer jared newlow. h . >>> nine years into the war in afghanistan, vice president joe biden is defending america's strategic need to end that war. >> we're in afghanistan forç o express purpose, al qaeda. the threat to the united states, al qaeda, that exists in those mountains between afghanistan and pakistan. we are not there to nation build. we're not out there deciding we're going to turn this into a jeffersonian dock si. we're not there for ten years, wes are there to defeat al qaeda which is a clear and present danger to the united states operating out of that area. >> the vice president went on to say that the u.s. is inflicting significant damage to al qaeda in pakistan as well as in afghanistan. >>> new today, new jersey senator robert menendez is pushing ahead with plans for a hearing on the release of pan am flight 103 bomber megrahi. senator menendez says it was postponed by stonewalling by british and s
MSNBC
Jul 23, 2010 3:00pm EDT
charged a mexican law enforcement officer with abusing his power. police say the liaison to the u.s. is accused of helping a drug trafficking cartel. he was charged with 43 others in an indictment unsealed today. this comes after the fbi made multiple arrests earlier. >>> a gas well explosion near pittsburgh has killed two people. it burned for hours, spewing thick, black smoke for miles. the cause still under investigation. but a state official says people were welding at the site before the explosion. >>> his weapon of choice was not a light saber but a gun, police in long island new york say a man dressed up as darth vader. he wore a blue cape and camouflage pants. a customer thought it was a joke before the man forced the man to the floor using that gun. >>> the weather is the focus of our battle of the late-night laughs. two hosts, one topic, you decide who had the line of the night. let's start with david letterman on the heat wave. >> june was the warmest month in the history of the planet. yes. the warmest month -- of course it will be even warmer where mel gibson is going.
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Jul 30, 2010 10:00am EDT
appearing on "the view" instead of taking the time to visit the u.s./mexico border. here's a sneak peek of her new book. >>> well, palin may be today's conservative flavor of the moment, but another major right winger hasn't mellowed with age. conservative activist phyllis schlafly. with talking points memo this is what she said, "all welfare goes to unmarried moms." she also linked single women, obama and welfare saying, "unmarried moms are trying to position their constituency for the president and the democrats against republican candidates." >>> could be the wedding of the century, centuries young, but that's what they're saying and it's happening tomorrow. secret details on chelsea clinton's big day won't be secret any more. we've got them in three minutes. >>> time for your business entrepreneur of the week. former long beach police officer tom lane knew stealing with stolen property took up law enforcement's valuable time. working with the departments to auction stolen goods online things like electronics, sports equipment and even a coffin. for more, watch your business on
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Jul 6, 2010 10:00pm EDT
, doing $1 million in annual sales to the u.s. alone. why isn't bp using this peat moss to soak up part of the spill? the owner of the company telling the newspaper bp has informed him it cannot use peat months because the oil giant would not then be able to retrieve the oil afterwards. you may translate that as, the oil giant would not be able to sell the oil afterwards. bp and it's co-conspirators gaining from previously unreported tax benefits. it's allowed to write off the rent it paid to transocean, the company that owned the deepwater horizon, in order to lease the oil rig that saves bp hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. transocean having fled first to the cayman islands and switzerland to lower its corporate tax bill by almost 15%. the center for american progress counting nine different subsidies that the u.s. government gives to an industry that makes more than any other industry, including refunds for drilling costs and refunds to cover the cost of searching for oil. subsidies for oil and gas companies make up 88% of all federal subsidies. just cutting the oil and g
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Jul 17, 2010 7:00am EDT
nuclear secrets with the u.s. he maintains he was kidnapped by the cia and brought to the u.s. against his will. they say he was a voluntary informant and paid $5 million for his information on iran's nuclear program. greg miller is a national security reporter with the "washington post" and joins us now. greg, you've done great reporting on this, thanks so much for joining us. first of all, was he evacuated from iran? or was he drugged and abducted as he claims? >> well, you've got two utterly conflicting accounts here, right? and u.s. officials insist he wasn't abducted. that he was brought out largely because they were recommending that he needed to get out because he'd been discovered in iran. his story he's telling in iran is -- it's gaining a lot of traction in the middle east and it probably will be paid close attention to there. but u.s. officials say it's just not true. >> what's the big concern for a lot of the national security officials and intelligence officials that you spoke with now that he has returned that sources and methods could be compromised? >> well, yeah, there
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Jul 15, 2010 3:00pm EDT
today to a group of u.s. senators who want to know if the oil company played a part in the scottish government releasing the lockerbie bomber. now, this is what the statement reads in part. "it is a matter of public record that in late 2007, bp told the uk government that we were concerned about the slow progress that wasç being made concluding a prisoner transfer agreement with libya. bp was not involved in any discussions with the uk government or the scottish government about the release of mr. al megrahi." abdelbaset al megrahi was given a life sentence for his role in the bombing of pan-am flight 103 over scotland in 1988, in which 270 people were killed, including 189 americans, but he was then released on compassionate grounds because he has cancer. >>> now to bp's other major problem, the leaking oil in the gulf. crucial tests have begun in which bp hopes will ultimately lead to plugging the leak with a new cap. valves are slowly being closed as the pressure inside the spewing pipe is carefully monitored. admiral thad allen today said it could take a few days. >> scheduled
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Jul 26, 2010 10:00pm EDT
in u.s. military history. nearly 92,000 secret documents were released by the whistle blower website wikileaks. most of them field reports covering the years 2004 through 2009. the trove was given first to three international news outlets, each of which spent weeks researching the findings. all three concluded that the documents were real, even if the intelligence they provided didn't always pan out. what the leaked documents show isn't completely new information to anyone who has been paying close attention to the conflict, but they do supply a new level of detail to points war critics have been making for years. for example, it is not news that afghan civilians have been killed in the crossfire, but until this leak we did not know that more civilians had been killed by secret special forces than the government has acknowledged. it is not news that pakistan appears to have been supporting the taliban, but until now we did not know the explicit details of how the pakistani intelligence service met directly with taliban leaders and helped them plan attacks against allied forces, a cha
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Jul 15, 2010 12:00pm EDT
became the longest war in u.s. history, surpassing the conflict in vietnam. >>> a major discovery at ground zero today in new york. a relic which appears to be a ship dating from the 18th century was found by workers at the world trade center site in lower manhattan. the 32-foot long hull, timber samples will be sent to a laboratory to help get a sense of exactly when the boat was built. archaeologists are racing to record and analyze the ship before the delicate wood now exposed to air begins to deteriorate. >>> it's been dormant for 75 years, and a dangerous infection hits a popular florida tourist destination. experts say warning, this could spread north. we'll tell you what it is ahead. >>> another brand new explosive audiotape reportedly of actor mel gibson lashing out at his ex-girlfriend and there are new accusations that gibson injured their baby. if this case is is domestic violence, how do you address it? we'll be right back. tlemen, the 57th president of the united states. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ bell rings ] ♪ [ male announcer ] at&t. the nation's fastest 3g network. this summer,
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Jul 20, 2010 9:00am EDT
governor's mansion to the u.s. senate. mark murray is nbc's dupty political director. the west virginia legislature cleared the way manchin will announce but there's a wrinkle. tell us about it. >> absolutely. first back grown. 10:00 this morning governor joe manchin, democrat of west virginia, ask going to likely anoubs the bid for the senate. this comes after the west virginia legislature passed legislation setting up a november 2nd special election with primaries later in august. however, there was one interesting twist. the legislation actually allowed republican congresswoman shelly moore-capido to hold on to the house seat and run for this senate bid at the same time. cap do would be republican's best chance to possibly be able to beat joe manchin in november. she's seen as the strongest republican. it would be interesting to see what she does. the filing deadline at the end of this week and certainly a matchup would be a battle for this seat. >> all right. political watchers like mark murray and chuck todd quite excited about that race. >> 37 senate seats now up for grabs. number
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Jul 7, 2010 9:00am EDT
senate in the process. >>> and the u.s. versus arizona. an epic constitutional showdown over immigration. we'll consult the lawyer who argued bush versus gore. >>> it is july 7th, 2010. i'm chuck todd live here in aspen. >> good morning, i'm savannah guthrie live in washington. we'll explain why chuck is in aspen in a moment, but first, we'll get right to the rundown. we are going to start with the white house and what some say is the president's end run around congress. he will install donald burrway to run medicare and medicaid today in a recess pointment to help him avoid a messy confrontation process. mike baa caro is joining us from the white house. the white house says republicans left them no choice. >> reporter: right. they call it typical washington game playing. they say it was clear the republicans were going to stall as long as they could. savannah, it is right there in article 2, section 2, of the constitution. the president can make recess pointments when the congress is in recess as it is this week, and that individual would sherve until the end of the next ses
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Jul 1, 2010 12:00pm EDT
more about the alleged russian agents who led very successful lives here in the u.s. each of their profiles, very different. ranging from anna chapman who promoted herself in this video. take a look. >> i think the most challenging part of my life really started when i quit all of my jobs, really cut all of my salaries and really did something that i wanted to do. >> then, are there the murphys who planted themselves in suburban, new jersey. earned ivy-league nbas and raise u.s.-born children and now alleged spies are facing jail time. investigative correspondent mark. we have "the post" giving us these great headlines of spyvy league. this is anna chapman on the cover here but talking about cynthia murphy she was the ivy-league person. give us an explanation of why why they're going with this angle of the spyvy league in cynthia muchy. >> was a columbia nba. she seems to be the more successful of these spies in that she got a job at a very fancy tax consultancy in manhattan and used her position there, at least according to the government, to schmooz somebody named allen patrick o
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Jul 1, 2010 10:00am EDT
deep penetration agents. >> and, so, what does this mean for u.s./russian relations and do we think that there are other spies who are sort of living among us here? >> well, a prosecutor said in court yesterday that there might be other spies here. he talked about the tip of the iceberg. that's possible. on the other hand, oddly enough, both sides seem to be playing this down. we haven't expelled any of the russian diplomats that were meeting with these agents. >> right, why is that? >> i don't know. i think because we have more important business to do with the russians. counterterrorism and trade and other issues and both sides want to keep it kind of calm. >> do we have spies in russia? >> we hope so, don't we? >> right. >> our spies are heroes and their spies are rats. >> right. >> all right, jeff stein, our security editor. jeff, thanks so much. >> thank you for having me. >>> more testimony today in the confirmation hearings for supreme court nominee elena kagan. while the 50-year-old has wrapped up her time in the hot seat, today senators will hear from outside witnesses. if
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Jul 2, 2010 6:00am EDT
u.s. economy today, the ohio republican shot back from recent criticism about comments boehner made about financial reform. >> this week, president obama traveled to racine, wisconsin, a city with 14% unemployment. he used his time there to attack me. but i'd ask the president several questions. why aren't you focused on stopping the oil spill in the gulf and getting the gulf cleaned up? why aren't you focused on reforming fannie mae and freddie mac? why aren't you focused on cutting spending now? why isn't the president focused on creating jobs that the american people are asking for? and, mr. president, what about the country? for someone who asked to be held to a higher standard, president obama spends an awful lot of time making excuses and whining about others. the american people want leadership from this white house, not childish partisanship. >> childish partisanship. boehner referring to president obama's town hall meeting in wisconsin and saying the republicans financial reform proposal was like killing an ant with a nuclear weapon. >> john heilemann this is, obviously, a
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Jul 9, 2010 1:00am EDT
. breaking news from new orleans. the u.s. fifth circuit court of appeals has ruled on the moratorium of offshore drilling, ruling against the government and for big oil, saying the moratorium cannot remain in place while the government continues to pursue its legal defense of that moratorium, originally overturned last month. oil companies expected to wait anyway before resuming new drill to avoid having to stop in the middle if the government ultimately wins. the one relief well to end the gulf spill, bp says might be completed before the 20th of this month, well before its mid-august estimate. but a member of congress wants answers about the new timeline. our second guest will point out bp has massive financial incentive to keep that oil spilling. until that relief well cuts off the flow. it began with an interview by bp managering director bob dudley. saying his company wants to show progress by july 20th, because that's when prime minister cameron comes to the white house. in a perfect world with no interruptions, he said, bp's relief well drilling would have reached the spilling
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Jul 29, 2010 1:00am EDT
law will still take effect at midnight, at least what is left of it. u.s. district judge susan bolton stopped most sections until what is legal and what is not is sorted out. she argued that checking the status of every person burdens lawfully present aliens because their liberty will be restricted and will divert resources from the federal government's other responsibilities and priorities. in mexico city, word of the ruling was greeted with cheers from about 100 protesters who had gathered in front of the u.s. embassy. one protester worried about what might happen to his granddaughter in arizona if her parents were ever stopped told the associated press i knew the judge would say that part of the law was just not right. the mexican government called the decision a step in the right direction. back in arizona governor jan brewer who signed the law in april and running for re-election called today's setback merely temporary. >> obviously, it's a little bump in the road, i believe. until i get my whole arms around it, we don't really exactly know where we are going to go. we kne
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Jul 28, 2010 8:00pm EDT
at midnight, at least what's left of it, but u.s. district judge susan bolton today blocked the state from enacting the most controversial sections until the courts can sort out what's legal and what's not. judge bolton, who was appointed by president clinton on the recommendation of republican senator jon kyl argued that checking the status of every person arrested not only burdens lawfully present aliens because their liberty will be restricted, but she also found that the verification requirement will divert resources from the federal government's other responsibilities and priorities. in mexico city, word of the ruling was greeted with cheers from about 100 protesters who had gathered in front of the u.s. embassy. one protester worried about what might happen to his granddaughter in arizona if her parents were ever stopped, told the associated press, "i knew the judge would say that part of the law was just not right." the mexican government, meanwhile, called the decision a step in the right direction. back in arizona, governor jan brewer, who signed the law in april and is
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Jul 8, 2010 6:00am EDT
investors that the company has capped its growing financial liabilities. under pressure from the u.s. government, the oil giant is also preparing a series of backup plans in case its current operations fail. meanwhile, an investigation by the associated press finds that more than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells remain in the gulf of mexico and no one is checking to see if they are leaking. calling the gulf, a, quote, environmental mine field. the ap says the oldest of the wells were abandoned in the late 1940s, raising questions about whether their seals remain intact. well, that is just -- i mean, at this point, you would think you couldn't get worse news out of the gulf and maybe this is really opening up a much bigger story, andrew ross sorkin, businesses and what they leave behind. >> two pieces to this story. there is the good news that bp is trying to put out there in advance. by the way, which i think is a dangerous road to go down. putting out this new july 27th date. by the way, just not to be cynical. the july 27th, not only -- there is a real -- there is substance behin
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Jul 28, 2010 5:00pm EDT
someone they suspect of being in the u.s. illegally. the decision is a short-term victory for opponents of the law, but much of the reaction issagery, and we'll have it at the top of the show. the political consequences of this decision are huge. this is a fight that the obama administration picked and may deeply regret at some point winning. let me be blunt. i think this is a disaster for democrats and a big win for the right. this will make the tea partiers' point, that washington has become too powerful at the expense of the states. plus, were there crimes at the bottom of the bp oil disaster? that's what the obama administration's so-called bp squad is seeking to find out. >>> and preemptive strike. the dnc is on the attack saying the tea party, the tea party itself and republican party members are the same thing. it's a new web video featuring what it calls the republican party's contract on america, an old mafia term. we'll get into that one. >>> finally from the volunteer state, a candidate for governor who is volunteering that everyone should get a gun. not everyone wi
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Jul 1, 2010 4:00pm EDT
u.s. and we have to help the mexican government when it asks us to help stop our guns for going to mexico illegally. >> anything we can do to help with the issue. very high praise to the president today for trying to stop the denial of this problem. it's a complete mess. >> thanks, dylan. >> coming up on "the dylan ratigan show." after the storm. when will oil cleanup efforts in the gulf get back online? whatever they're cleaning up, they haven't capped the well. today the spill becoming the largest in the history in the gulf of mexico. using towards -- well, it already is the biggest of one time. we'll see if it can clear the persian gulf as we work our way to dumping 150 million barrels so that a british company could suck oil out of the gulf of mexico and sell it to the chinese while being supervised by corrupt american politicians. >>> and bombshell revelations about bear stearns. what did tim geithner and ben bernanke know about tens of millions of dollars that turned out to be junk? did they lie to the american people to save the banks? you know they did. plus, day four of fi
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Jul 24, 2010 9:00am EDT
korea and the u.s. in fact, north korean leaders are threatening a nuclear response to war games involving the u.s. and south korea. those military exercises are slated to take place tomorrow. this latest threat also comes on the heels of the deadly sinking of south korean warship. both seoul and washington have indicated north korea in that sinking, though the officials in that country have denied any involvement. >>> a roadside bomb killed five nato troops in afghanistan yesterday taking the july death toll to at least 53. the deaths come only a day after two american troops died when their helicopter went down in the southern helmand province. >>> well, there is a new round of pointed partisan attacks this morning that are underscoring two points. one, is the economy still struggling? and two, the midterm elections are right around the corner. take a look. >> they're the same policies that led us into this recession. they won't create jobs. they will kill them. they won't reduce our deficit, they will add $1 trillion to our deficit. they will take us back ward at a time when w
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Jul 2, 2010 12:00pm EDT
the killing of a u.s. consulate worker. jesus ernesto chavez told police he ordered the killing because the worker gave visas to a rival gang. leslie enriquez and her husband were killed while driving through the violent border city of ciudad juarez. >>> this breaking news just in to us. a justice minister in cypress says he believes one of the alleged russian spies has fled that island. now in that country -- or in this country, excuse me, another court hearing today for accused members of a russian spy ring brought down by the fbi. with ten people currently in custody and the other on the run, we're learning more details about the alleged espionage. i want to talk now to mark thompson, national correspondent with "time" magazine. joining us from washington. what new information do we think the prosecutors have learned about the alleged spies and the information they were trying to gather? >> they plainly aren't telling everything they know. we're realizing, number one, this really wasn't a network. these are autonomous individuals, ten of whom are in custody. some knew one ano
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